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Kirkus Reviews named Midnight, Kevin Egan's first diabolically twisty legal thriller, a "Best Book of 2013." Now Egan returns to the bench with The Missing Piece, an all-new tale of courtroom intrigue, legal maneuvers, deception, desperation…and cold-blooded murder.
The Salvus Treasure is a fabulous hoard of ancient Roman silver, worth a total of seventy million dollars. Uncovered decades ago under disputed circumstances, the treasure has been claimed by various parties, some of whom will stop at nothing to secure full ownership of its riches. People have died—and killed—to possess all fourteen pieces of silver.
The legal battle over who truly owns the treasure finally leads to the New York County Courthouse in Lower Manhattan. But as teams of high-priced lawyers wrangle over provenance and witnesses, a shocking act disrupts the trial…and a crucial piece of evidence goes missing.
The missing piece is a silver urn worth at least five million dollars. Now the race is on to discover what became of the urn…before the Salvus Treasure claims more lives.
“A masterful story of murder, corruption, and sexual obsession, with the tension meter on high...There's a mighty payoff.” —Booklist
“In Egan's engaging second standalone legal thriller (after 2013's Midnight), Judge Oliver Johnstone, of New York City's Civil Court, presides over a complex case involving the so-called Salvus Treasure, a 14-piece collection valued at $70 million...Egan, a former law clerk, demonstrates a gift for making legal technicalities, such as an order to show cause in a court case, easy to understand.” —Publishers Weekly